Pacers welcomes young runners of all abilities to come along and take part in Junior Pacer training sessions. There are two age groups: nominally 6-10 year olds and 11-16 year olds, although we only move children up to the next category when they feel ready to do so.
Our sessions are run by UK Athletics qualified coaches who are all DBS checked. We can cater for all athletic abilities and new members are always welcome.
Please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in your child joining us for a couple of trial sessions. Alternatively just come along on a Monday evening and go to the hut located by the track where someone will be happy to help.
If your child does decide they would like to become a Junior Pacer then simply complete the online membership application form below. Just select the Junior option from the dropdown menu ...
As with any organisation involved with children we do have a Child Protection Policy which can be viewed below. We do take our safeguarding responsibilities seriously and have a Pacers Safeguarding Officer, Amanda Martin, to ensure all coaches have a DBS and that we follow the procedures recommended by England Athletics.Membership Details
All training takes place at the track at Abbeycroft Leisure in Bury St Edmunds and all Juniors have a coached training session on a Monday evening, starting at 6.30pm. The younger Juniors' session takes place either on the track infield or, sometimes, on the track and ends at 7.30pm. The older Juniors sessions are mostly held on the King Edward VI School playing fields behind the track, although occasionally we do train on the track. These sessions finish at 7.45pm.
The older Juniors also train on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm - 7.45pm.
On arrival both age groups should assemble by the track gates at the long jump pit to be taken to their respective training area, after signing in at the club building by the track. All Juniors under the age of 18 are to be signed in/out by an appropriate adult. Juniors age 18 and over must still sign in/out, but can do so themselves. This process is a key part of our Child Protection Policy.
The sessions are normally covered by a minimum of two coaches. Our coaching team remain with their groups for the majority of time for consistency but, to keep both sessions and all club coaches ‘fresh’, we swap groups for two Mondays around every six to seven weeks.
All we ask is that the children enjoy themselves and listen to the coaches. Athletes will need adequate water all year round, layered clothing in the winter (+ a hat and gloves) and footwear appropriate to use on both grass and track. Summer training may require sunblock and insect repellent which is to be applied prior to the session. We ask that all children and parents (carers) also observe our Code of Conduct which is available to view via the link below. Non-running adults should remain outside the track perimeter fencing during training sessions from where they will be able to watch, or they can join in with the Senior session!
All adults are encouraged to get involved with the club and will be asked to take their turn with the signing in/out process. This is a great way to get to know some of the other parents and Juniors.
We are always seeking new energy and coaching staff and we would fully support anyone who wanted to start out as a Junior helper ... and who knows what might develop. Coaches do not need to be runners themselves and if you are interested in getting involved then please do speak to any of the Junior coaching staff.
The club actively encourages our Juniors to race.
During the summer (May, June, July) the club takes part in the "Friday 5 Series" which is made up of six races, including our own event held in Nowton Park. Each one of these races also has a Junior event and there will always be the opportunity to car share if needed. For more details please see Series info under the "Our Races" tab, although coaching staff will be happy to help with any questions.
The club also enjoys entering teams for the UK's only ‘Ekiden Relay’ organised by Ipswich Jaffa Running Club in July. This is a lovely club day out with Pacers entering as many Senior and Junior teams as we can muster.
During the winter (October – March) the club's key focus is the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country series. There are five races, one of which is hosted by Pacers in Nowton Park, and each of these also has a Junior Event. For more details please see Series information under "Our Races" tab.
Many of our athletes represent their schools and county during the schools cross country season and club coaches actively support and work towards successful schools racing.
We have a full race diary on our website that lists all the local races, both Senior and Junior. For further information please visit individual event websites.
West Suffolk Athletics Arena
Bury St Edmunds
Mondays (Seniors and all Juniors)
6.30pm - 7.45pm (younger Juniors finish 7.30pm)
Wednesdays (Seniors and older Juniors)
6.30pm - 7.45pm
Parking: we have plenty of parking for members at the trackside and in the overflow carpark. For the safety of cyclists please avoid blocking the roadside cycle lane.